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Airport Security Car On The Runway At LAX  
User currently offlineQslinger From India, joined Apr 2006, 258 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 10309 times:

Hi All,

I flew in from MSY to LAX on the 3rd Jan on UA 1622 (7:30 AM departure from MSY)

As we were landing on the left runway (sorry dunno what the runway number is) there was a airport seciruty car (like a police car) which sat the beginning of the runway (almost right on the piano keys) with its emergency lights on.

There was no emergency as I did not see any fire trucks or any other emergency equipment present. Just a lone "cop" car facing towards where aircraft would be coming in for landing.

Does anyone know why this was? I thinks it rather unusual for the security car to be on the runway. I believe they have special roads constructed for airport vehicle use.

Looking forward to your replies.


Raj Koona
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User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1521 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 10259 times:

If the color of the vehicle was white, it was an Airfield Operations officer conducting a runway inspection. I know LAWA schedules a daily inspection during the morning and afternoon.

Clearance instructions are issued by the ATCT. Usual procedure is to begin the run at departure end of the outboard runways. When completed, exit will occur at the arrival end. With a break in traffic, the inspection will again commence with the inboard runways, proceeding in the opposite (arrival end to departure end) direction.



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User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3143 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 10239 times:

It was likely ops picking up a piece of FOD, perhaps chasing animals.


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User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 9960 times:

What color were the lights?

Red or red/blue=emergency vehicle (Police, Fire, EMS)

Only Orang/Amber=Airport operations/construction



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User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3957 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 9905 times:

So you flew a couple a feet over the car to land on the same runway as the car was on?
Isn't that kinda "illegal"

When I'm in the car I have to be clear of the runway before anything is allowed to land.


User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 9874 times:

Sounds dangerous to me, especially bearing in mind the BA777 'landing short' incident at LHR last year.

Edit: typo

[Edited 2009-01-07 07:33:27]


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User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 9856 times:

Assuming you were a passenger, how did you know the car was there when you landed, and didn't pull onto the runway afterwards?

User currently offlineQslinger From India, joined Apr 2006, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 9636 times:



Quoting Bok269 (Reply 3):
What color were the lights?

Red or red/blue=emergency vehicle (Police, Fire, EMS)

Only Orang/Amber=Airport operations/construction

Didn;t notice that, but it was a Ford Crown Victoria somehting similar to this but in LAX colours

http://www.policeworldwide.com/pictu...oria.JPG_compressed_4p4rvzb4zh.JPG



Raj Koona
User currently offlineQslinger From India, joined Apr 2006, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 9626 times:



Quoting AirKas1 (Reply 4):
So you flew a couple a feet over the car to land on the same runway as the car was on?
Isn't that kinda "illegal"

When I'm in the car I have to be clear of the runway before anything is allowed to land.

Sorry should have been more clear, we were landing on the left runway and the security car was on the right runway.

Quoting Star_world (Reply 6):
Assuming you were a passenger, how did you know the car was there when you landed, and didn't pull onto the runway afterwards?

Car was on the right runway and we landed on the left runway. Didn't get to see what the security personal did cos we were at the other end, but did not see any one looking for FOD when we were passing it.



Raj Koona
User currently offlineXJET From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 491 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 9535 times:



Quoting Aaway (Reply 1):
If the color of the vehicle was white, it was an Airfield Operations officer conducting a runway inspection. I know LAWA schedules a daily inspection during the morning and afternoon.

Bingo! It was most likely the LAWA inspections.


User currently offlineQslinger From India, joined Apr 2006, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 9331 times:

LAWA inspections? Whats that?


Raj Koona
User currently offlineNelsonde From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 9319 times:

LAWA

Los Angeles World Airports

LAX ONT VNY and PMD

Los Angeles International

Ontario International

Van Nuys

Palmdale

[Edited 2009-01-07 16:33:18]


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User currently offlineMah584jr From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 506 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 9186 times:



Quoting Qslinger (Reply 8):
Car was on the right runway and we landed on the left runway.

I'm assuming this was 25L and the vehicle was on 25R, unless there were East Operations which are quite rare.

Quoting Nelsonde (Reply 11):
Palmdale

Actually Palmdale will no longer be a part of LAWA.

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